As a result of isolation, access to local raw materials and local manufacturing is becoming more and more valuable and may offer solutions to many problems and shortages. The operation of open design utilizes values such as knowledge sharing, innovation or local supply chains.
More and more open source products can be seen on the different platforms that help us defend against or adapt to the situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. We selected and brought a few of such initiatives to you.
#StayTheFuckHome Desk | Stykka
The Danish startup Stykka designed a mounted cardboard desk that can be used as a temporary work station, named after the hashtag used in social media encouraging isolation. One of the great advantages offered by the material used for the table is that it is 100% recyclable after the pandemic has ended.
Face shield | Nagami design
A great benefit of open design is that it offers a possibility for developing products or developing them further together via online means. A good example is the face shield of Spanish Nagami design which has been developed based on the Prusa face shield developed by Prague-based Prusa3D. Both companies donate the 3D-printed protective equipment to local hospitals.
We cannot only get to face shields that can be produced quickly through international initiatives. The protective equipment made out of laser-cut PVC developed by Hungarian designer Ádám Miklósi should also be mentioned, which we have already presented to you in a previous article. The production files developed by Ádám are also available to anyone on the designer’s Wikifactory site.
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Designers Ivo Tedbury and Freddie Hong make our built environment safer with their special 3D printed tool that can be attached to door handles this way allowing us to open doors without using our hands, simply with the help of our forearms. They also made a poster to accompany the tool as a user manual. The production files are available on a special platform dedicated for this purpose.